Scafell - Lake District Walk

Thursday 13th July 2006

There couldn't have been a better way to start my next 100 Birketts than today. The weather was ideal for walking, with high cloud keeping the temperatures down during the hottest part of the day. Once we reached the top of Scafell we had clear skies that remained with us for our descent back down to a welcome drink and meal in the Woolpack Inn. This in terms of the combined height and distance along with the two scrambles on the way up was the most challenging walk my husband and I have done together. I was on a real high after I had finished it. Simply put, it was the best day's walking I have probably ever enjoyed.

Start: Woolpack Inn (NY 1905 0101)

Route: Woolpack Inn - Jubilee Bridge - Lingcove Bridge - Great Moss - Foxes Tarn - Scafell (101) - Slight Side (102) - Eel Tarn - Woolpack Inn

Distance: 11 miles     Ascent: 1149 metres      Time Taken: 8 hrs 30 mins

Weather: Warm with high cloud to start , clear skies upon reaching the summit.

Pub Visited: Woolpack Inn, Boot    Ale Drunk: Hardknott Brewery, Sweet Tenacity

Route Map >>


Slight Side

As we start along Upper Eskdale we get our first sight of what lies ahead with this view of Slight Side.


Bowfell was in view for most of the day.

Upper Eskdale

The river Esk in the Upper Eskdale valley.

Lingcove Bridge

Approaching a busy Lingcove Bridge. The climbing started here as once we crossed the bridge
it was up around the hill to the left.

Harter Fell

Harter Fell taken from the path just above Lingcove Bridge.

Crinkle Crags

Looking in the other direction at the Crinkle Crags.

How Beck

Cam Spout and the first scramble of the day, up the path to the right of the waterfall.

Great Moss

Looking back at Great Moss from the foot of the waterfall.

Esk Buttress & Pen

Esk Buttress with Penn on top of it.

Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike from the top of the waterfall.

East Buttress

Broad Stand with Mickledore to the right.

Foxes Gully

Foxes Gully in front of East Buttress and the second scramble of the day.

From the top of Foxes Gully

The view across Great Moss to the Crinkle Crags from the top of Foxes Gully, it was worth the effort.

Foxes Tarn

Looking back down on Foxes Tarn (the smallest in the Lake District) from the final climb onto the summit.

Scafell summit cairn

Scafell's summit cairn.

View  north east

Looking north east to Blencathra from the summit.

Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike.

Great Gable

Great Gable.

Across Kirkfell

Looking across Kirkfell with High Crag and High Stile to the left and Grasmoor to the right.

Isle of Mann

Sellafield with the Isle of Man visible as the black line on the horizon.

Illgill Head

Illgill Head with Burnmoor Tarn to the left and Wast Water to the right.

Old Man of Coniston

The Old Man of Coniston.

Slight Side

Looking down the shoulder to Slight Side with Harter Fell behind.

Slight Side summit cairn

Slight Side's summit cairn.


Scafell from Slight Side.

Slight Side

Slight Side.

Scafell, Slight Side & Eskdale Fell

Eskdale Fell with Scafell and Slight Side behind, from Eel Tarn. It was a long way down.

A very welcome sign.


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